Susan Sontag's In America takes us on a journey from the Old World of Central Europe to the New World of America in the mid-late 1800s. We follow the travels and thoughts of the renowned, gifted and charismatic Polish actress, Maryna, and her hangers-on. Sontag succeeds in creating an exceptionally strong central character whose actions impact upon the rest of the group. To prevent the story becoming overwhelmed by one character's introspection, however, Sontag employs a number of narrative devices such as letters, diary entries, speech and internal monologues from the other émigrés and her very real accomplishment is to provide us with a rounded and in-depth study of the motivations of those emigrating during this period. Additionally, she reveals the workings of both European and American theatre at this time and this unexpected history lesson came as a pleasant surprise to a first time reader of Sontag's work. I am sure to read more of her writing. Having previously read Isabel's Allende's Daughter of Fortune set a couple of decades earlier, I thought In America made for an excellent sequel.